Healthy Gravy Recipes

Find healthy, delicious gravy recipes including biscuits and gravy, brown gravy and chicken gravy. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Herbed-Lemon Turkey with Wild Mushroom Gravy

Dried cherries and sage tucked under the skin of the turkey breast give each serving a hint of sweetness mixed with a fabulous herb flavor.

Chicken-Fried Steak & Gravy

Rating: Unrated
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Can you really make a chicken-fried steak that isn't loaded with saturated fat and salt? Absolutely. We skip the deep frying, but with rich country gravy as consolation, you won't miss it. Our pan-fried, crispy cube steak has less than one-third of the fat and about 80 percent less sodium.

Portobello Gravy

Rating: Unrated
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This rich, earthy gravy can be made with fresh shiitakes as well as portobellos. Leave the mushroom pieces in for a chunky-style sauce or strain them out for a velvety consistency.

Pan-Roasted Chicken & Gravy

Rating: Unrated
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A cast-iron skillet is the perfect vessel for a simple roast chicken. Almost every side dish, be it vegetables, legumes, pasta or rice, goes well with it.

Herbed Turkey Gravy

Roasting a turkey or chicken for the holidays? Set aside the drippings to make this low-fat, low-calorie gravy.

Lemon-Garlic Roast Turkey & White-Wine Gravy

Rating: Unrated
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The zesty lemon-garlic rub for this turkey gives it amazing flavor. Instead of using a conventional supermarket turkey that's been “enhanced” with added sodium solution, here we brine a natural or organic turkey to keep the meat extra juicy without a lot of extra sodium.

Roasted Chicken with Pan Gravy

In this easy roast chicken recipe, vegetables cook underneath and soak up the juices from the roasting bird. The delicious vegetables are then used to make easy, healthy gravy. Using cornstarch instead of flour is a foolproof way to make sure your gravy stays lump-free.

Sage-Rubbed Roast Turkey with Lemon-Bay Gravy

Rating: Unrated
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This roast turkey recipe is flavored with sage and served with gravy made extra-tasty with the lemony pan drippings from the turkey and bay leaves in the giblet stock. The salt rub in this recipe acts as a “dry brine,” plumping and seasoning the meat for moist, juicy, flavorful turkey.

Oven-Fry Poutine with Mushroom Gravy

Rating: Unrated
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Poutine (pu-teen)--fries topped with gravy and cheese curds--is a French-Canadian fast-food classic. Our lighter version features crispy oven-fried potatoes topped with just enough sharp cheese and a grease-free gravy that's chock-full of fresh mushrooms.

Slow-Cooker Turkey Thighs with Herb Gravy

Those who love tender, moist dark meat will love these slow-cooker turkey thighs. If turkey thighs aren't available, ask your butcher to cut up a whole turkey and give you the bone-in thighs. Feel free to substitute an equal weight of chicken thighs for the turkey thighs, if desired. This pairs well with a simple side of steamed green beans.

Roast Turkey with Madeira Gravy

Rating: Unrated
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This gorgeous herb-rubbed turkey--complete with luscious gravy--is the quintessential holiday centerpiece. It is particularly fitting for Thanksgiving because Madeira, a fortified wine from the Portuguese island of the same name, flowed like water through the Colonies, having arrived here as ballast in ships. Sweet and mellow, reminiscent of sherry, Madeira beautifully enhances a turkey gravy.

Chicken-"Fried" Steak with Spiced Gravy

Stop into just about any diner down South or in the Midwest and you're sure to find chicken-fried steak on the menu. This baked version allows you to enjoy the great flavor of the traditional favorite without all the fat and calories.

Inspiration and Ideas

Cider Gravy

Rating: Unrated
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Make this low-fat gravy in the roasting pan while the turkey rests. Apple cider adds rich fall flavor.

Herbed Pan Gravy

Rating: Unrated
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The giblets and neck from a turkey make a great flavorful stock that helps ensure a rich, tasty gravy, but you may substitute more chicken broth if you prefer.

Onion & Mushroom Gravy

A combination of exotic mushrooms gives this fat-free gravy a captivating nutty flavor that blends well with both chicken and turkey.